Aboriginal Ranger Program

First round funding recipients announced

The McGowan Labor Government has announced the first round of recipients for its landmark $20 million, five-year Aboriginal Ranger Program.

The program is providing 85 new jobs and 80 training opportunities for Aboriginal people including 47 female Aboriginal ranger positions.

The 13 recipient groups will employ rangers to undertake land and sea management including conservation, cultural, tourism and education activities across a range of tenures.

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Map showing first round recipients of Aboriginal Ranger Program

Round one recipients

Central Desert
  • Tarlka Matuwa Piarku Aboriginal Corporation, for the Matuwa Kurrara Kurrara Indigenous Protected Area Aboriginal Ranger Project - eight rangers; four female.
  • Pila Nguru Aboriginal Corporation, for Minyma Uninypa - The Seed Women - four rangers; all female.
Goldfields and South Coast
  • Goldfields Land and Sea Council, for the Goldfields Land and Sea Council Ranger Program - eight rangers; four female.
  • Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation, for the Esperance Tjaltjraak Ranger Program - 12 rangers; six female.
South West
  • South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council Aboriginal Corporation, for the Noongar Boodja Mentored Employment and Training Partnership - 12 rangers; six female.
Mid West
  • Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation on behalf of Malgana Shark Bay People's Native Title Claim Group, for Pathway to a Malgana Country Land and Sea Management Program - two rangers.
  • Kalyuku Ninti-Puntuku Ngurra Limited (Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa), for the KJ Ranger Program in Karlamilyi National Park - six rangers; three female.
  • Yinhawangka Aboriginal Corporation, for the Yinhawangka Ranger Program - seven rangers; one female.
    Aboriginal Prospecting Co. (Yandeyarra Pastoral) for the Yandeyarra Ranger Program - nine rangers; four female.
  • Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation, for the Karajarri-Ngurrara Desert Fire and Biodiversity Project - four rangers; two female.
  • Nyamba Buru Yawuru Ltd, for the Yawuru Women's Ranger Project: protecting cultural and ecological values of monsoon vine thickets in the Minyirr Buru Conservation Park - three rangers; all female.
  • Nyul Nyul and Bardi Jawi Women Rangers hosted by Kimberley Land Council, for the Dampier Peninsula Women Rangers Monsoon Vine Thicket Recovery Project - two rangers (0.8 FTE) and five casual rangers (all female).
  • Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corporation, for Building Capacity in the Bunuba Rangers to Better Protect Country and Culture - three rangers; all female.

About the program

The State Government is developing an Aboriginal Ranger Program to create jobs and training and community development opportunities for Aboriginal people across a range of tenures in regional and remote communities across Western Australia.

The government recognises the social, cultural and environmental benefits of Aboriginal ranger programs and is aware of the excellent work that has already been undertaken by established Aboriginal ranger groups throughout the State. Such programs have provided an integral step towards improved community wellbeing and reducing poverty through economic opportunities and building leadership in remote and regional communities.

Aboriginal Rangers working on a Crocodile fence at the Ord River Nature Reserve
Aboriginal rangers working on a crocodile fence at Ord River Nature Reserve.

The government has committed $20 million to the program over five years, which will see $4 million available each year to Aboriginal organisations, corporations and ranger groups.

Aboriginal ranger program 

Commencing in 2017-18, the program will train and employ Aboriginal people as rangers to undertake land and sea management activities including:

  • biodiversity monitoring and research
  • traditional knowledge transfer
  • fire management
  • cultural site management
  • feral animal and weed management
  • cultural awareness and immersion experiences
  • tourism management
  • education programs and mentoring.

The program will also assist Aboriginal communities to identify land management priorities and opportunities, build community and organisational capacity and invest in direct training opportunities.


Led by the Aboriginal community and Aboriginal organisations with support from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and across government, the program will help Aboriginal organisations to manage country and protect the environment across WA in partnership with the public and private sectors.

Consultation with Aboriginal organisations is occurring to ensure Aboriginal knowledge and aspirations inform the design and delivery of the program.

Funding will be available for jobs for Aboriginal rangers, training, and community development.


For additional information please contact:

Aboriginal Ranger Program Coordinator
Phone: (08) 9219 9933
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